The Senate is composed of 24 republics. We ourselves cannot impose on each other. While we always respect the decision of the majority, we also make sure that we follow our individual convictions and beliefs, based on conscience.
I cannot see how anybody, even if he is the President of our country, can influence us especially on an issue involving public funds – and most especially in the middle of a pandemic. At least that is as far as I see it in my almost 18 years as a Senator of the Republic.
Sen. Lacson chairs the Senate hearing into the alleged illegal withholding of PNP-SAF personnel’s allowance.
Sen. Lacson’s Opening Statement at the hearing:
When the stomach protests, prepare for revolution. This is one painful reality that leaders of some countries fail to make sense of and which cost their fall from power. In a setting like the PNP SAF, I would say: Do not mess with the mess allowance unless you are prepared to face a mutiny.
`”We cannot allow, yet again, another injustice to be committed against our heroes in uniform who are in the forefront of our fight against the ills of terrorism and criminality, lest we risk demoralization within their ranks. Thus the need to probe into the said allegations.”
In an interview, Sen. Lacson answers questions on:
– President Duterte’s reported statement he will let Cabinet members walk out of congressional hearings if they feel disrespected
– President Duterte’s reported joke of making Philippines a province of China
Senate Bill 1638 strengthens the Office of the Ombudsman by establishing a retirement benefit system for the Ombudsman, his/her deputies, the special prosecutor and other officials and employees performing legal, prosecution, investigation and corruption prevention functions. It also seeks to augment employees’ benefits.
“Given the indispensable role of the Office of the Ombudsman in the eradication of graft and corruption, it is only but fitting to provide them with a competitive retirement scheme commensurate and comparable to other officials and employees in government performing equally vital functions.”
“(W)e have a full week ahead next week. Budget hearings, Blue Ribbon, Commission on Appointments, other bills pending in the committee. So if I have the assurance that I will be provided with a quorum, then I will call a hearing on Monday at 6 in the evening.”
Directing the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs to investigate in aid of legislation the veracity of the allegation that certain public officials received payola from Cebu drug lord Jeffrey ‘Jaguar’ Diaz.
Apparently, the UN rights chief is not familiar with the Philippine Constitution and our laws.
First, our president enjoys immunity from suit during his term. Second, no matter how many times a person in our country admits having committed murder, as long as there is no other evidence to corroborate his extra judicial confession, the case cannot stand in any court of law.
That UN official can shout to high heavens to investigate the president but unfortunately for him, he can’t get past that call.